Computer Science & Computational Biology (532) - Bachelor's Degree            
 
Study Tracks
BSc degree in direct MSc track in combined program in Computer Science and Computational Biology (teaching program symbol 532)

Scientific breakthroughs and technological revolutions in the field of life sciences and medicine accelerated the processes of gathering biological information, ranging from whole genome sequencing, through monitoring human brain activity, to discovering the spatial structure of proteins. It is now clear that deriving biological and medical insights from such databases requires close cooperation between computational methods and tools in biomedical research. Computational biology is a new scientific field which answers these challenges, and deals with the development of techniques in computer science and their implementation in order to solve problems in life sciences and medicine. The teaching program offers outstanding students a direct track study program for a Master’s degree. The program aims to train graduates who have a genuine and thorough understanding of the two fields and provide them with the theoretical and practical tools that will enable them to become leading researchers in the field.

The Hebrew University was able to recognize that these scientific advances define the front line of biomedical research and developed a study program in response to the challenge.

The program’s graduates become integrated both in industry in the biotechnology and bioinformatics fields and in the academic world in various tracks such as: neural computation, computer science, life sciences, biomedical engineering.

Several special features of the program:

* The program has existed as an elite program of the University since 1999.

* We ensure that there is a small core of students in each cycle, provide support and personal attention to all students (monitoring the progress of studies, advice, assistance where required) from the heads of the program, through the teaching program coordinator, to graduates who are all available to the students.

* Outstanding students are awarded University scholarships.

* In the framework of Bachelor’s studies study days are held for presenting research projects, where the highlight of the project presentation is a two-day seminar held in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.

This field overlaps with many practical fields such as: the development of medications, biotechnological industries and medical research.

The program’s graduates become integrated both in industry in the biotechnology and bioinformatics fields and in the academic world in various tracks such as: neural computation, computer science, life sciences, biomedical engineering.
 
Master’s courses in the faculty are given in Hebrew unless a foreign student who does not speak Hebrew is taking the course. In such a case the course will be given in English.

Department Officials

Year to year transition terms
(at the BSc stage): minimum grade of 60 in every course and minimum average grade of 85 in compulsory courses.

With an advisor’s approval students may postpone a course from year 1 to year 2.
 
Structure
The program’s scope of studies for a BSc degree in direct MSc track is 160 credits. The direct MSc track means that only graduates of a BSc program may continue to the MSc program in Computational Biology, as long as they meet the admissions requirements.

Students accepted for the MSc will complete 21 credits for completion of the MSc.
 
The program’s students must take 4 credits from the Cornerstones program in years 2 and 3.

 
160  BSc Computational Biology 
  Basic studies:
26  Mathematics 
Physics 
11  Chemistry 
  Compulsory: 
23  Life Sciences 
51  Computer Science 
24  Individual – Computational Biology 
Depends on courses selected  Compulsory elective and elective 
Cornerstones 

















 
Compulsory
Compulsory in the teaching program
Compulsory
Compulsory Mathematics studies
Compulsory
Compulsory basic studies

Cornerstone Program

Total for the degree (minimum)
Biology
(track 3080)
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לקראת מוסמך
COMPUTER SCIENCE AND COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY – MSc DEGREE (track 3081)

The teaching program offers outstanding students a direct track study program for a Master’s degree. The program aims to train graduates who have a genuine and thorough understanding of the two fields and provide them with the theoretical and practical tools that will enable them to become leading researchers in the field.

Admission to MSc studies: Admission takes place, on the dates published by the program’s studies committee, according to the ranking of candidates and the program’s capacity to absorb them. The program’s MSc studies are intended only for the program’s graduates. Students who completed BSc studies outside the program cannot apply for the MSc studies. Students who will continue their MSc studies in the program will be registered in the faculty’s MSc secretariat.

Final thesis: The program’s students will be required to submit a research final thesis for the MSc degree. The assessing and evaluation process will take place in the format that normally applies in the Computer Science teaching program.

Final exam: An oral final exam will be held in the presence of the tutor and two additional examiners in the format that normally applies in the Computer Science teaching program.

Elective studies: In addition to the compulsory program for the MSc, in order to complete 21 credits, students must choose, in coordination with the advisor and in a balanced manner, additional elective courses from the Computer Science and Life Sciences teaching programs.

The final grade for the MSc degree will be determined on the basis of weighting the course grades as follows:
  • Average grade in the courses (40%)
  • Exam (20%)
  • Final thesis (40%)
Program MSc advisor: Prof. Michal Linial